The VNUS® Closure® procedure is yet another example of a Deaconess First. Again, we're introducing our community to the future of healthcare - a future with less invasive procedures, less pain, faster recoveries and more cost-effective treatments. This time, we're helping patients who suffer from superficial venous reflux, a condition that can cause unsightly varicose veins and the associated swelling, pain and fatigue.
The Closure procedure is a welcome alternative to the traditional surgical process called vein stripping. Compare the two treatments below.
|Minimally invasive||Invasive surgical procedure|
|Requires only local or regional anesthesia||Requires general anesthesia|
|Outpatient/day surgery||Inpatient surgery with hospital stay|
|Return to normal activities in 1-2 days||Recovery to normal activities may take several weeks|
|Small incision or skin puncture||Larger surgical incision|
|Minimal or no scarring||More scarring|
|Virtually no bruising or pain||Bruising and pain may be significant|
|No stitches required||Stitches required|
|Cost-effective||More expensive due to necessity of general anesthesia, invasive surgery and hospital stay|
Closure® and VNUS® are registered trademarks of VNUS Medical Technologies, Inc.
For more information, please contact the Deaconess Special Procedures Lab at 812/450-2460.